Trial against ex-Sonagazi OC Moazzem begins

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Police take former officer-in-charge of Feni’s Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain to the Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal on Wednesday. Photo: AsaduzzamanA Dhaka court on Wednesday framed charges in a case filed under Digital Security Act against former officer-in-charge of Feni’s Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain, scrapping a bail plea of the accused, reports BSS.

Judge Mohammad As-Shams Jaglul Hossain of Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal framed the charges as the disgraced police officer pleaded not guilty.

The court also set 31 July to start recording the depositions of the witnesses.

Earlier on 17 June, the tribunal sent Moazzem Hossain to jail after scrapping his plea for bail in the case lodged for recording Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement on video and spreading it online.

Moazzem was arrested from capital’s Shabagh area on 16 June.

The tribunal on 27 May issued arrest warrant against the OC a day after Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted its probe report over the incident.

Investigation officer and PBI senior ASP Rima Sultana filed the report at Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal on 26 May, stating that they have found the allegations brought against the police official, true.

Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque Suman filed the case on 15 April with Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal under section 26, 29 and 31 of Digital Security Act.

After recording the plaintiff’s testimony, cyber tribunal’s judge Mohammad As-Shams Jaglul Hossain asked PBI deputy inspector general to submit probe report on 30 April.

Former officer-in-charge of Feni’s Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain. Prothom Alo File PhotoAccording to the allegations, the former Sonagazi OC summoned Nusrat Jahan Rafi as she filed a case against Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa principal
Siraj Ud Daula for sexual harassment.

The police official in his room started quizzing her about the incident and was recording the whole incident in absence of any lawyer or female cop.

He was seen scolding Nusrat and asking her indecent questions. Moazzem later posted the video on different social media sites.

Nusrat was set on fire on 6 April by Siraj Ud Daula’s stooges. She succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on 10 April.

The victim had accused Siraj Ud Daula of harassing her sexually on 27 March. She was exposed to his extreme vengeance on 6 April as she went to the madrasa to sit for Alim examination.

A group of masked youths, later found to be the cronies of the principal, took Nusrat to the rooftop of the madrasa and set her on fire after tying her with her scarf.

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